• 14:50 Andrew Hopkins Concrete Novices' Handicap Chase2m

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 22.38s
  • Off time: 14:51:42
14:50 Wincanton Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Green Belt Elite (FR) Evs


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 41-31F2 EMERALD GREEN and RED diabolo, WHITE sleeves, EMERALD GREEN diamonds, WHITE cap, RED diamond Recif De Thaix (FR) 12
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-12 P F Nicholls R Mahon (7) 142 7/24.50
2 157-121 Red, Dark Blue triple diamond, diamonds on sleeves, White cap Green Belt Elite (FR) 40
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-5 Miss V Williams S Thomas 133 Evs2.00
3 003-254 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Franchoek (IRE) 32
Nag meDistance Winner
6 10-10 A King A P McCoy 124 2/13.00


Given the prize money on offer this is a hugely disappointing turnout of just three runners and it really should rest between Recif De Thaix and GREEN BELT ELITE, and the latter gets the vote. At the weights the Venetia Williams-trained gelding has 2lbs to find with Recif De Thaix and has been put up 10lbs by the assessor for winning here on Boxing Day over course and distance, when the front pair finished clear. He gets his conditions again today and with the yard in decent form we'll take the chance that he can find that extra couple of pounds. Recif De Thaix represents Paul Nicholls, who has an outstanding record at this track, but whose runners are not entirely firing on all cylinders at present. The gelding's amateur pilot will reduce his burden by 7lbs, while track, trip and ground all suit, so provided he is 100 per cent then he can go very close. Franchoek has failed to reproduce his hurdling abilities over fences and is probably a stone or more below that form over the bigger obstacles. A sudden upturn in fortunes for him would not be an entire surprise given his trainer's resurgence, though we prefer the claims of Green Belt Elite.